Workshops using IPM to improve plant production

The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshops series is underway, providing practical advice to growers and production staff on how to manage pest insects and mites.

Delivered by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), four workshops have already been held throughout June in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Mildura – seeing great industry engagement and attendance, and more than 120 nursery production workers heading to their local event.

Attendees were educated on alternative ways to manage pests, and ‘tried and true’ IPM techniques that can have a very positive impact on both plant production and pest management.

Feedback from these events provided some interesting insights on attitudes towards pest management. Attendees shared their increased preference to implement IPM practices and reduce reliance on pesticide applications; viewing IPM as a viable alternative for production businesses.

To access industry biosecurity resources already available to production nurseries, head to: http://nurseryproductionfms.com.au/.

Key topics covered at these workshops include:

  • using IPM to protect plants from key pests
  • how to modify crop production to reduce pest pressure
  • how to use pesticides within an IPM program
  • the physiology behind pesticide mode of action
  • how to effectively manage pesticides to reduce resistance
  • new biological control agents for production nurseries
  • how to identify key pests and beneficials
  • getting the most out of industry resources, e.g. the Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS)

The next workshops are set to be held in Townsville and Darwin. Details for these events are:

Townsville

Date: Tuesday, 13 August from 1:30pm

Location: Cowboys Leagues Club

Register via NGIQ

Darwin

Date: Thursday, 15 August from 9:00am – 1:30pm

Location: Berrimah Research Station

Register for this free workshop via email to growhelp@daf.qld.gov.au. Please use subject: “ATTN: Darwin Workshop”.

DAF entomologists and pathologists running these workshops are encouraging nursery production staff to bring along any plants within an unknown problem, or sticky traps with insects you want to identify. To prevent the spread of pests and diseases – be sure to seal the sample in a bag or box.

Workshops in Sydney, Brisbane and Bunbury are set to roll out later this year – keep an eye out for details to come.

Protect the biosecurity of your crops – make sure you register for your local event today.

The ‘Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry’ (NY15002) project is funded by Hort Innovation using the nursery industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.